The other day I heard about a juror who used the Google search engine to find out if the defendant in the case they were judging had a record of similar offences. He did, and this juror then told the other jurors of this.
The judge was furious and gave him a heavy fine and also told him that he (the judge) had considered a custodial sentence!
Although this may not happen again — I am referring to a juror passing the information on — surely the cat is now out of the bag. Jurors all over Britain will be searching into the history of defendants on all cases which take over a day; in other words, when the juror goes home for the night.
I’m sure the establishment will try and halt this practice, but short of putting them up for the night in hotel rooms with a guard on the door, I’m not quite sure what they can do.